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that as citizens? >> that is an excellent perception. what is your name? >> ellen. >> the most significant dynamic that we have to understand about how politics takes place in washington is the unbelievable power -- much greater than you can ever understand because you're not there -- the power of big money over the political process. it is a bad situation today and it is getting worse and worse. give somehow examples. the reason that we are in the midst of the economic crisis we're in right now in my view is the deregulation of wall street. you all remember that debate way back? here's what alan greenspan and all the wall street guys said, they said, if you deregulate, if you allow commercial banks to merge with investment banks, to merge with big insurance companies, we're going to have all of this capital and we're going to be creating all of this wealth and all of that will be good for the united states of america. so when i was in the house, on the house financial services committee, and i never, ever believed one word of that nonsense that helped lead the opposition to deregulation. during a
unanimous support for that. our two chief negotiators, rose and ellen are here, and they did a terrific job, and we've had a very positive endorsement of it by former secretaries of state and defense of both parties, the joint chiefs have come out, everybody's come out for it. and, you know, it's a political issue. i wish it weren't because mt of these treaties, you know, ss 95-0, 90- they have huge overwhelming majorities in the senate. but we know that we have, you know, political issues that we have to address which we are and talking to those who have some questions. but i hope at the end of the day the senate will say, you know, some things should just be beyond any kind of election or partisan calculation and that everybody will pull together and we'll get that s.t.a.r.t. treaty done which i know from my own conversations, it's seen as a rely important symbol of our commitment to continue working with the russians. >> just one last question, then i'll open it up to our members. you're about, as you said, to head back to the middle east for the resumption of the israeli/palestinian tal
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